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Mobile Linux firm boasts cheery financials, funding round

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| French mobile stack developer and LiMo (Linux Mobile) Foundation member 
| Purple Labs announced 2H 2008 revenues of 11 million Euros (~$14.1M), 
| quadruple its revenue in the first half of 2008. The company also said it 
| raised series-B funding of 22 million Euros (~$22.8M) during the half.   


Wonderful times for mobile Linux. Windows Mobile is dying.

Navigation phone debuts

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| Personal navigation device (PND) vendor Garmin and consumer electronics 
| manufacturer AsusTek (Asus) have merged their smartphone development efforts. 
| The "Garmin-Asus Nuvifone G60" (pictured) will ship in the first half of this 
| year, say the companies, and may run Linux, Android, or Windows Mobile.   



Windows Mobile - Like Being Dropped in a Toilet

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| But it wasn't until the gal was dumped into the soup that I noticed the
| Windows Mobile ad. Because Microsoft, having failed to win hearts and minds
| with the drug-induced Seinfeld episodes (they were way too long to be mere
| commercials), figured that the next best thing was to buy ad space on the rim
| of something that reminds you of a potty. Stay classy, Microsoft!


Why Windows Mobile will die.

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| So it's my job to tell you, then, that Windows Mobile is probably
| doomed.


Why Windows Mobile Is In Trouble

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| Recently it was revealed that the newest version of Microsoft’s mobile
| operating system, Windows Mobile 7.0, would be delayed until as late as 2010.
| The updated version, which the company’s partners had reportedly been hoping
| to have by early 2009, was aimed at giving Microsoft a bigger presence on the
| mobile stage. But delay or no delay, I don’t think it would have been enough.
| With competition from a resurgent BlackBerry platform from Research in
| Motion, Apple’s iPhone and most importantly, the Google Phone platform (I
| will analyze Nokia’s Symbian platform in a separate post at a later date),
| Microsoft’s mobile platform is facing its toughest environment yet.
| [...]
| Sometime later this month, the G-1 will go on sale and people (at least those
| in the U.S.) will be able to experience the difference between a Windows
| Mobile- and an Android-based phone for themselves. Of course, some will find
| the shortcomings of the Google Phone — and according to Mossberg, there are
| many — grating. Others, like me, will be suitably impressed. And if they’re
| impressed enough, most handset makers will want to join the party.


Windows Mobile misses annual shipment target

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| Lees, a veteran Microsoft executive who moved from the Server & Tools unit in
| February, attributed the lower-than-projected Windows Mobile sales to some
| devices coming to market slightly later than previously expected. He declined
| to say which ones.



Microsoft Hides Its Mobile and Business Apps Divisions

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| The company is folding its two worst-performing divisions -- Microsoft
| Business Solutions (its business applications unit) and its Mobile and
| Embedded units -- into the Microsoft Business Division and Microsoft Home
| and Entertainment units, respectively.


Cryptome: NSA has access to Windows Mobile smartphones

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| First time in history Cryptome.org has released information about the
| characteristics of NSA’s network surveillance.

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